Julian Assange, a hero in the struggle against imperial wars and the lies that states tell to justify them, is in mortal danger.
“Hillary Clinton suggested drone bombing Julian Assange, and other US politicians called for his execution by other means.”
Those of us who understand how revolutionary Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange are hope that he won’t suffer that fate, but it seems more and more likely. It’s hardly a surprise given that, in 10 years’ time, Wikileaks published more classified information than all other media combined. It exposed human rights abuses, government spying, torture, and war crimes on an unprecedented scale. It put government, corporations, and even the Pentagon, the FBI, the CIA and other intel agencies on notice that they could no longer count on operating in secrecy. It created a trove of primary source material that serious journalists and researchers will mine for years to come. Its publications are accessible to readers who prefer primary sources to most mediated news.
Wikileaks so infuriates the USA’s most violent, corrupt, and criminal institutions that Hillary Clinton suggested drone bombing Julian Assange, and other US politicians called for his execution by other means. California’s 28th District Congressman Adam Schiff, who became the chair of the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats reclaimed the House, said that he would speak to Assange “when he is in US custody, not before.” Schiff is a vociferous and supremely self-righteous leader of the Democratic Party’s “Resistance,” which sullies the name of the underground movement formed in France during World War II to fight Nazi Germany’s occupying forces and the collaborationist Vichy government.
“Moral and racial superiority entitles the US to occupy the world with military bases, and ring any nation that challenges its hegemony with military aircraft, battleships, assault vehicles, and military surveillance.”
The Resistance is fascist in its own nature because it tolerates only one truth and one loyalty: Russia is the enemy, interfering in Syria, the Ukraine, and even US elections. Russia elected Trump. Russia dares to position missiles on its own borders in response to NATO’s missiles on the other side. The US must build more missiles, more drones, more nuclear weapons, and every other sort of weapon to defend the European world against Russia and its ally China. Moral and racial superiority entitles the US to occupy the world with military bases, and ring any nation that challenges its hegemony with military aircraft, battleships, assault vehicles, and military surveillance. The same moral and racial superiority entitles its spy state agencies to shut down access to information deviating from its narratives, and therefore to arrest and extradite Julian Assange.
Of course the Republican Party shares the same fascist nature but differentiates itself by insisting that although Russia is the enemy, Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. It also wants to silence the founder of Wikileaks and find a way to shut the organization down.
Are Assange and the movements to free him running out of time?
Assange has been an asylee in Ecuador’s London Embassy for more than six years—since August 2012. Ecuador and the UK, however, are no closer to an agreement that would allow him safe passage out of the embassy. In a recent video conference, #Unity4J organizer Suzie Dawson said she fears that Assange and those working to free him are running out of time:
“Right now time is not on our side. And I had someone today complaining because they want us to do a big big action day march. When you do those types of actions it takes two or three months to organize. You need to have an organizing committee, you need to wallpaper the town, you need to have one date that you do it on, you need to do a ton of advertising. You need to get all the unions and various other organizations to sign on board, and then you have this one action day.
“I honestly don’t think we have until February.”
“Well, there’s a couple of problems with that. First of all, I don’t think we have three months right now. If we schedule a February giant march in support of Julian, I honestly don’t think we have until February. I hope I’m wrong. I hope that the actions we take in the short term, in the next days and weeks, will buy us that much time for Julian, but I don’t see it.”
CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who spent two years in prison for exposing the agency’s official use of torture, said that if Assange walks out of the embassy without a guarantee of safe passage, he will be extradited to the US in chains:
“We all know why the British have that embassy ringed. It’s to snatch him and to turn him over to the United States. If that happens, the CIA and the FBI are both going to be on that plane and they’re both going to be at least attempting to interrogate him all the way back home.They will bring him back to the United States in chains because that’s what they do.“
“The CIA and the FBI are both going to be on that plane and they’re both going to be at least attempting to interrogate him all the way back home.”
Suzie Dawson said that the FBI and the CIA will interrogate and torture Assange to try to obtain information that would allow them to bring Wikileaks down, but that he has no doubt been preparing for this eventuality for years. She believes he will have made sure that the organization has adopted security codes and measures that he himself does not know and therefore cannot reveal—even if he’s tortured.
“They want to know about security files for example. They want to know about the inner processes and workings of Wikileaks. They want access to the knowledge that’s inside Julian’s brain. And they will torture him. And they will interrogate him in order to attempt to get that.
“They will torture him.”
“Now I trust Julian to be smart enough to have made sure that even he doesn’t possess a lot of that knowledge. In my personal opinion, Julian has spent years planning for these various eventualities, but it won’t stop them from trying.”
Dawson also said that the intelligence agencies are eager to punish him:
“At the end of the day they want to punish him for outing their corruption and their crimes. They’ve been waiting eight years to do it, and they will be rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of the UK detaining him and extraditing him to the USA.”
By Ann Garrison
Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.